High Schoolers Star in Original Halloween Show

posted 10/23/09

Porch Light Productions presents, "Stage Fright", an original Halloween show written and performed by Ridgewood, Glen Rock and Midland Park High School students, October 23, 24 & 30 at 8PM.

The family-friendly show is a comedic take on classic Halloween tales told as a collection of monsters' monologues. The original show was created by high school students, Laura Macchiarola (Ridgewood), Kate Bezem (Midland Park), Allison Swick (Midland Park), Anna Gackowski (Midland Park) and Sarah Smick (Glen Rock) and stars Mike Paternoster (Ridgewood) as Dracula, Elaine Thoman (Ridgewood) as The Witch, Daniil Krimer (Ridgewood) as Frankenstein's Monster, Tom Sullivan (Midland Park) as Igor, Laura Mallalieu (Midland Park) as Mummy and Sarah Smick (Glen Rock) as the Headless Horseman. Porch Light's technical interns, Danielle Basirico (Glen Rock) and Meaghan Lang (Glen Rock) will be running sound and lighting for the show.

Porch Light's offer various opportunities for area high school students to write and perform original works. Playwrights, actors, and technical assistants come together over the course of several weeks of rehearsals to develop the script and characters culminating in a final production for the public. This performance is recommended for ages 6 and up and is directed by Michal Edgerton, an English teacher at Midland Park High School, and Ryan Pifher, Artistic Director of Porch Light Productions.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. The live show is part of Porch Light's series of Halloween events, which also includes free scary movie nights on October 26, 27 & 29 at 8PM, and a Haunted Theatre on October 31, 5PM-9PM. Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to buy tickets in advance online at www.porchlightproductions.org, by phone at (201) 857-3520 or in person at 555 Broad Street, Glen Rock, NJ.

Formed in 2005, Porch Light produces scripted and original works, festivals, workshops and classes in various areas of the performing arts for children and adults. This season marks the opening of Porch Light's new theatre and studio, a black-box style space conveniently located on Broad Street between Ridgewood and Glen Rock.

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